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Death Investigation and the Coroner's Inquest

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ISBN13: 9780195507003
ISBN: 0195507002
Published: March 2006
Publisher: Oxford University Press Australia & New Zealand
Country of Publication: Australia
Format: Hardback
Price: Out of print

Crime and the investigation of suspicious deaths is a popular topic with crime novels, films, and television drama regularly focusing on the ‘who done it’ aspect of death.

In contrast, real world death investigation takes place continuously at many levels in the community and for a range of purposes. Whilst in the past criminal issues were uppermost in the minds of the investigating coroner, today the focus of the coroner’s jurisdiction has changed. Death and injury prevention have become increasingly important, with many coroners making recommendations that have a direct implication for public health and safety. These changes in focus have lead to a restructuring of the process of death investigation.

The Coroner now has to manage a team of specialist scientific and medical investigators from a wide variety of disciplines. In addition, the human side of coronial investigation has developed enormously with coroners becoming involved in providing bereavement support for families and friends of the deceased. These changes have brought new challenges for coroner investigators and the community.

Death Investigation and the Coroner's Inquest bridges the divide between traditional legal texts dealing with the office and jurisdiction of the coroner and those forensic medical and scientific texts dealing with the technical aspects of death investigation. It provides a comprehensive overview of the legal, technical, scientific, and medical features surrounding the investigations carried out by coroners.
  • Australian Law
  • Provides a comprehensive overview of the legal, technical, scientific and medical features surrounding the investigations carried out by coroners
  • Outlines the history of the coronial system of death investigation and illustrates this history with a number of case studies
  • Special death scenes such as deaths in custody, transport related deaths, and mass disasters, including disaster victim identification, are covered
  • Both the medical investigation and the legal investigation of a death are examined in detail
  • Appendices at the end of the book include useful resource materials

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Chapter 1 History of Coronial Institutions
Chapter 2 The Modern Office of Coroner
Chapter 3 Death and Other Reportable Incidents
Chapter 4 Coronial Organisation
Chapter 5 Death Scene Investigation
Chapter 6 Special Scenes
Chapter 7 The Coroner as Investigator
Chapter 8 The Forensic Pathologist
Chapter 9 The Autopsy
Chapter 10 Human Identification
Chapter 11 Ancillary Medical Investigations
Chapter 12 The Interpretations of Injuries and Medical Findings
Chapter 13 The Medical Report
Chapter 14 The Inquest
Chapter 15 Inquest Findings
Chapter 16 The Conduct of Inquests
Chapter 17 Appeals Against Inquest Findings
Chapter 18 Coroners and Prevention of Death and other Phenomena
Appendices (Materials)